Vauxhall Cross, SW8

Road in/near Vauxhall, existing until now.

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Vauxhall Cross is now known as the site of the MI5 headquarters.

The area in front of the bus station was formerly a large junction known as Vauxhall Cross. Upper Kennington Lane was a major thoroughfare linking Vauxhall Bridge with the Elephant and Castle with Vauxhall Cross the junction formed with roads coming from the south.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, it was the site of a turnpike.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

Bruce McTavish   
Added: 11 Mar 2021 11:37 GMT   

Kennington Road
Lambeth North station was opened as Kennington Road and then Westminster Bridge Road before settling on its final name. It has a wonderful Leslie Green design.

Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Lived here
Brian J MacIntyre   
Added: 8 Jan 2023 17:27 GMT   

Malcolm Davey at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square
My former partner, actor Malcolm Davey, lived at Raleigh House, Dolphin Square, for many years until his death. He was a wonderful human being and an even better friend. A somewhat underrated actor, but loved by many, including myself. I miss you terribly, Malcolm. Here’s to you and to History, our favourite subject.
Love Always - Brian J MacIntyre
Minnesota, USA

Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   

Bessborough Place, SW1V
I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved London. The stucco houses were a feature and the backs of the houses enabled parents to see thier children playing.


Added: 7 Oct 2017 21:07 GMT   

Hurley Road, SE11
There were stables in the road mid way - also Danny reading had a coal delivery lorry.

Robert smitherman   
Added: 23 Aug 2017 11:01 GMT   

Saunders Street, SE11
I was born in a prefab on Saunders street SE11 in the 60’s, when I lived there, the road consisted of a few prefab houses, the road originally ran from Lollard street all the way thru to Fitzalan street. I went back there to have a look back in the early 90’s but all that is left of the road is about 20m of road and the road sign.

Born here
Added: 31 Dec 2021 00:54 GMT   

Burdett Street, SE1
I was on 2nd July 1952, in Burdett chambers (which is also known as Burdett buildings)on Burdett street



Added: 24 Sep 2023 19:09 GMT   

Meyrick Rd
My family - Roe - lived in poverty at 158 Meyrick Rd in the 1920s, moving to 18 Lavender Terrace in 1935. They also lived in York Rd at one point. Alf, Nell (Ellen), plus children John, Ellen (Did), Gladys, Joyce & various lodgers. Alf worked for the railway (LMS).

Born here
Added: 20 Sep 2023 21:10 GMT   

Momentous Birth!
I was born in the upstairs front room of 28 Tyrrell Avenue in August 1938. I was a breach birth and quite heavy ( poor Mum!). My parents moved to that end of terrace house from another rental in St Mary Cray where my three year older brother had been born in 1935. The estate was quite new in 1938 and all the properties were rented. My Father was a Postman. I grew up at no 28 all through WWII and later went to Little Dansington School


Mike Levy   
Added: 19 Sep 2023 18:10 GMT   

Bombing of Arbour Square in the Blitz
On the night of September 7, 1940. Hyman Lubosky (age 35), his wife Fay (or Fanny)(age 32) and their son Martin (age 17 months) died at 11 Arbour Square. They are buried together in Rainham Jewish Cemetery. Their grave stones read: "Killed by enemy action"


Lady Townshend   
Added: 8 Sep 2023 16:02 GMT   

Tenant at Westbourne (1807 - 1811)
I think that the 3rd Marquess Townshend - at that time Lord Chartley - was a tenant living either at Westbourne Manor or at Bridge House. He undertook considerable building work there as well as creating gardens. I am trying to trace which house it was. Any ideas gratefully received


Alex Britton   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 10:43 GMT   

Late opening
The tracks through Roding Valley were opened on 1 May 1903 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on its Woodford to Ilford line (the Fairlop Loop).

But the station was not opened until 3 February 1936 by the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER, successor to the GER).

Source: Roding Valley tube station - Wikipedia

Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:52 GMT   

Roding Valley is the quietest tube station, each year transporting the same number of passengers as Waterloo does in one day.


Kevin Pont   
Added: 30 Aug 2023 09:47 GMT   

The connection with Bletchley Park
The code-breaking computer used at Bletchley Park was built in Dollis Hill.

Kevin Pont   
Added: 29 Aug 2023 15:25 GMT   

The deepest station
At 58m below ground, Hampstead is as deep as Nelson’s Column is tall.

Source: Hampstead tube station - Wikipedia


Archbishop Tenison’s School Archbishop Tenison’s School moved to The Oval in 1928
Vauxhall Gardens Vauxhall Gardens was a pleasure garden, one of the leading venues for public entertainment from the mid 17th century to the mid 19th century.
Vauxhall Station (early 1900s) Vauxhall at the turn of the twentieth century.

Albert Embankment, SW8 Albert Embankment is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Anchor House, SW8 Anchor House is a block on Bridgefoot.
Aquarius House, SW8 Aquarius House is a block on Wandsworth Road.
Ashmole Street, SW8 Ashmole Street was named after Elias Ashmole, a noted 17th century antiquarian, who lived near here
Auckland Street, SE11 Auckland Street is a continuation of Glyn Street.
Bannerman House, SW8 Bannerman House is a block on Ebbisham Drive.
Bedser Close, SE11 Bedser Close is named for Alec Bedser, widely regarded as one of the best English cricketers of the 20th century, by association with the nearby Oval Cricket Ground.
Bessborough Gardens, SW1V Bessborough Gardens is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Bishop Brown Memorial Building, SE11 Bishop Brown Memorial Building is sited on Harleyford Road.
Bondway, SW8 Bondway is named after the late 18th century developers of the street, John and Sarah Bond.
Bonnington Square, SW8 Bonnington Square was built in the 1870s to house railway workers.
Bridge House, SW8 Bridge House is a block on St Oswald’s Place.
Bridgefoot, SW8 Bridgefoot is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Brunswick House, SW8 Brunswick House is a block on Wandsworth Road.
Citadel Place, SE11 Citadel Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Crown Reach Riverside Walk, SW1V Crown Reach Riverside Walk is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Dexter House, SW8 Dexter House is a building on Glyn Street.
Dolland House, SE11 Dolland House is a block on Newburn Street.
Dunmow House, SE11 Dunmow House is a block on Newburn Street.
Durham Street, SE11 Durham Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Ebbisham Drive, SW8 Ebbisham Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Exchange Gardens, SW8 Exchange Gardens is a location in London.
Farnham Royal, SE11 Farnham Royal is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Fountain House, SW8 Fountain House is a block on St Oswald’s Place.
Glasshouse Walk, SE11 Glasshouse Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Glyn Street, SE11 Glyn Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Goding Street, SE11 Goding Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Graphite Square, SE11 Graphite Square is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Grover House, SE11 Grover House is located on Vauxhall Street.
Harleyford Court, SE11 Harleyford Court is a block on Bedser Close.
Harleyford Road, SE11 Harleyford Road was named after local leaseholders the Claytons, whose country house was Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire.
Jameson House, SE11 Jameson House is a block on Worgan Street.
Jonathan Street, SE11 Jonathan Street commemorates Jonathan Tyers who was the owner of the Vauxhall Gardens during the 1700s.
Kennedy House, SE11 Kennedy House is a block on Vauxhall Walk.
Kennington Oval, SW8 Kennington Oval is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Langley Lane, SW8 Langley Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Laud Street, SE11 Laud Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Lawn Lane, SW8 Lawn Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Lidhammer Court, SW1V Lidhammer Court is a block on Bessborough Gardens.
Lindsay Square, SW1V Lindsay Square is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Malmsey House, SE11 Malmsey House is a block on Vauxhall Street.
Market Towers, SW8 Market Towers is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Miles Street, SW8 Miles Street was developed from 1778 onwards by the Sarah and John Bond.
Muscovy House, SE11 Muscovy House is sited on Auckland Street.
New Covent Garden Market, SW8 New Covent Garden Market is a location in London.
Orsett Street, SE11 Orsett Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Oval Way, SE11 Oval Way is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Palm/Malt House, SE11 Palm/Malt House is a block on Sancroft Street.
Park Place, SW8 Park Place is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Parry Street, SW8 Parry Street was laid out by John and Sarah Bond.
Ponsonby Place, SW1V Ponsonby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ponsonby Terrace, SW1V Ponsonby Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Riverside Court, SW8 Riverside Court is located on Nine Elms Lane.
Riverside Walk, SW1P Riverside Walk skirts the gardens of the same name.
Riverside Walk, SW8 Riverside Walk is part of the Thames Path long-distance footpath.
Shrewsbury House, SW8 Shrewsbury House is sited on Kennington Oval.
Simpson House, SE11 Residential block
South Lambeth Place, SW8 South Lambeth Place links South Lambeth Road to Bondway.
Spring Mews, SE11 Spring Mews is a location in London.
St George Wharf Tower, SW8 St George Wharf Tower is a block on Nine Elms Lane.
St George Wharf, SW8 St George Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
St Oswalds Place, SE11 St Oswalds Place is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
St. Oswalds Place, SE11 St. Oswalds Place is a location in London.
Stoddart House, SE11 Stoddart House is a block on Kennington Oval.
Studios, SE11 Studios is one of the streets of London in the N1 postal area.
Tintagel House, SE1 Tintagel House is a block on Albert Embankment.
Tinworth Street, SE11 Tinworth Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Tyburn House, SW1V Tyburn House is a block on Grosvenor Road.
Tyers Street, SE11 Tyers Street is named for Jonathan Tyers who was the eighteenth century owner of the Vauxhall Gardens.
Tyers Terrace, SE11 Tyers Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge, SW1P Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge, SW1V Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Vauxhall Grove, SW8 Vauxhall Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Vauxhall Street, SE11 Vauxhall Street is one of the streets of London in the SE11 postal area.
Vauxhall Walk, SE11 Vauxhall Walk lies to the north of the Vauxhall area.
Viaduct Gardens, SW8 Viaduct Gardens runs beside the United States Embassy building in Nine Elms.
Vox Studios 1-45, SE11 Vox Studios 1-45 is a location in London.
West Bridge, SW8 West Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Westminster Business Square, SE11 Westminster Business Square is a business centre.
Wickham Street, SE11 Wickham Street is a road in the SE11 postcode area
Wisden House, SW8 Wisden House is a block on Ebbisham Drive.
Worgan Street, SE11 Worgan Street is the new name for the former Catherine Street in the Vauxhall Gardens Estate area.


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Vauxhall is an inner city area of Central London in the London Borough of Lambeth.

It is generally accepted that the etymology of Vauxhall is from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John's mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area, which was referred to as Faulke's Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall.

There is no mention of Vauxhall in the 1086 Domesday Book. The area formed part of the extensive Manor of South Lambeth. From various accounts three local roads, the South Lambeth Road, Clapham Road (previously called Merton Road) and Wandsworth Road (previously called Kingston Road) were ancient and well known routes to and from London. The area was flat and marshy with parts poorly drained by ditches. The area only started to be developed in the mid 18th century. Prior to this it provided market garden produce for the nearby City of London.

The area only became generally known by this name when the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens opened as a public attraction. Initially most visitors would have approached by river, but crowds of Londoners of all classes came to know the area after the construction of Westminster Bridge in the 1740s.

There are competing theories as to why the Russian word for a central railway station is vokzal, which coincides with the 19th-century transliteration of Vauxhall. It has long been suggested that a Russian delegation visited the area to inspect the construction of the London and South Western Railway in 1840, and mistook the name of the station for the generic name of the building type. The locality of the L&SWR's original railway terminus, Nine Elms Station, was shown boldly and simply as Vauxhall in the 1841 Bradshaw timetable.

Another likely explanation is that the first Russian railway, constructed in 1837, ran from Saint Petersburg via Tsarskoye Selo to Pavlovsk Palace, where extensive Pleasure Gardens had earlier been established. In 1838 a music and entertainment pavilion was constructed at the railway terminus. This pavilion was called the Vokzal in homage to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in London. The name soon came to be applied to the station itself, which was the gateway that most visitors used to enter the gardens. It later came to mean any substantial railway station building.

It has also given its name to the Vauxhall Motors car manufacturer, which originated in the area.

Vauxhall station was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) as 'Vauxhall Bridge Station' on 11 July 1848 when the main line was extended from Nine Elms to Waterloo, then 'Waterloo Bridge Station'. It is on a viaduct with eight platforms. The deep tube London Underground station is on the Victoria line, and opened on 23 July 1971.

Vauxhall was located next to a major creamery and milk bottling plant for United Dairies. Milk trains from all over the West Country would stop at Clapham Junction in the evening, and reduce their length by half so that they did not block Vauxhall station while unloading. They would then proceed to Vauxhall, and pull into the down side platform, where a discharge pipe was provided to the creamery on the other side of the road. There was also pedestrian access from below the station, under the road to the depot, in the tunnel where the pipeline ran. Unloaded trains would then proceed to Waterloo, where they would reverse and return to Clapham Junction to pick up the other half of the train. The procedure was then repeated, so that the entire milk train was unloaded between the end of evening peak traffic and the start of the following morning.

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Nine Elms station opened during 2021 on the new Battersea extension of the Northern Line
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Fentiman Road, SW8 (2017) The road is named after local mid-19th century Vauxhall developer John Fentiman.

South Lambeth Place
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Vauxhall Mansion and Vauxhall Walk in Lambeth about to be redeveloped, September 1953.
Credit: Mirrorpix
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Catherine Street, Vauxhall looking South (1930) Catherine Street, as Worgan Street, became part of the Vauxhall Gardens Estate.
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Over 197 festivals take place in London every year including the largest free festival - the Mayor’s Thames Festival - and Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival which attracts near one million people
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Lower Fore Street, a narrow cobblestoned street in Lambeth, pictured in 1865. Fore Street is shown on John Roque’s map of 1746. It ran alongside the river between Vauxhall Gardens and Lambeth Palace.

Upper Fore Street, Lambeth (1860s)
Credit: William Strudwick (1834-1910)
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"A Sunset with a View of Nine Elms" (c.1755)
Credit: Samuel Scott/Tate Britain

"The Thames from Millbank", oil on canvas, Richard Redgrave (1804-1888), created around 1836. The scene depicted is around the year 1815.
Credit: Richard Redgrave/Victoria and Albert Museum

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